Introducing “Sunflower”: Evelyn Rose

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From Evelyn Rose

This post is horribly overdue, as our precious little girl turned 2 months old today! On June 14th, 2012 (Jason’s birthday!) we welcomed our second daughter to the world, and she is every bit as precious and as beautiful as her big sister Lily!


From 2012Jun14

June 14th was a Thursday, and it was supposed to be my last day at work as I was scheduled to be induced the very next day. I woke up early that morning, and was just feeling a bit “off”, but for most of the morning I was still planning on going in to work, and sending Jason off to work as well. Around 6:30am, I started getting some very light (crampy-feeling) contractions, and just for fun I started to time them. They were all over the board, from 2 minutes apart to 20 minutes apart. I kept getting up and getting ready, but was getting very excited that something may be happening that day, and that I may be able to avoid another induction!


From 2012Jun14


About an hour later, I started to notice that the contractions were becoming more consistent and a little bit stronger. I decided I was definitely not going to work, and told Jason that I had a feeling that if he went in to work that I’d be calling him home at some point. Since it seemed very possible that I was beginning labor, and it was his birthday anyway, he decided it would be best if he stayed home – and I’m glad he did!! Between 7:30-8:30 I was timing the contractions at a pretty consistent 5 minutes apart, so we called my parents to come and pick up Lily.


From 2012Jun14

My Mom arrived, and realized along the way that their car with the car seat in it was currently being driven by my Dad, who was on his way to a golf buddies house and then to Cannon Falls for a day of golf. She called him and asked him to turn around and meet her at our house so she could bring Lily over to their house, and he gladly did! While we were waiting, we also brought out Jason’s birthday gifts and let him open them, anticipating that we wouldn’t be home for a couple of days! Grandma, Grandpa, and Lily left shortly after 9 am, and we put in a call to the hospital to let them know we might be heading in. They told us it sounded like we should come in and get checked out, but there didn’t seem to be a rush so we could take our time. We finished packing our hospital bag, made sure Gibson had enough food and water, and headed out the door.


From 2012Jun14

We arrived at the hospital around 10:30am, and found the entire labor and delivery wing was PACKED. There was a huge thunderstorm outside, and the nurses kept complaining about barometric pressure causing everyone to go into labor. We ended up getting the LAST triage room in the place, and right after we got into the room we got a visit from Dr. Locher who had been my OB when I was pregnant with Lily, and happened to be on call that day!! He remembered us, so he stopped by to say hi and see if we thought we were having a baby that day.. it was nice to see a familiar face! :) The triage nurse came in and hooked me up to a monitor, then asked me about a million questions that she entered into the computer. I remember one of the question she asked was for me to rate my pain on a scale of 1-10, and i said probably a 3, maybe 4.. all the while I was hoping and praying that they wouldn’t end up sending us home for not being in ACTIVE labor just yet! Imagine my surprise when she examined me and announced that I was at a 5-6, fully effaced (“baby is RIGHT there”), with a bulging bag of water!! She said we bought our ticket in and we weren’t going anywhere! It really began to feel real at that moment..


From 2012Jun14

We walked down to our room and got all settled in. The nurse went through a whole folder of information that I didn’t pay one little bit of attention to, then started trying to get an IV put in to begin giving me antibiotics. They had the WORST time with the IV!! They wrapped both of my arms in hot towels (in the middle of JUNE!) to bring the veins to the surface, and between 3 people (2 nurses and a specialist from the IV team) they poked me probably 8 or 9 times trying to find a good vein. I had bruises up and down my arms for WEEKS afterwards (you can still slightly see the worst bruise on my arm 2 months later!). Finally they got the IV started, and the plan was for me to labor on my own until the antibiotics were administered, then they would break my water to speed up delivery. Sounded fine to me, except when the nurse said it would probably take FOUR HOURS to finish the antibiotics!! It was already after noon at that point, and I was ready to see the end of the tunnel – not have 4 hours to go! Luckily, Evelyn agreed. :)


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

Most of the rest of the time during labor I just sat on the glider in the room and tried to rock through the contractions. I was having pretty bad back labor and was pushing my back against the back of the chair every time a contraction hit. When that wasn’t enough, I had Jason or my sister push on my back for me. They were both total rockstars! I couldn’t have done it without their help! Lisa was such a calming force for me, and she always seemed to know exactly the right thing to say! Jason was so supportive, and such a rock, especially when I wasn’t sure that I could do it anymore!! Anyway, I finally decided that the pain was too much and requested an epidural. In the meantime, I decided to go and lay on my side on the bed so that Jason and Lisa would be able to continue to help pushing on my back. I had barely gotten onto the bed when I was hit by two massive back-to-back contractions, and I felt my water break. I told Jason and Lisa, “Um.. I think my water just broke?” and since it was just us in the room, Jason hit the nurse button. A floater nurse came in to check on us since our labor & delivery nurse was on lunch break, and we told her my water broke and I asked if it was too late to have drugs?!? She said, “Oh no, you’ve got plenty of ti-” before I interrupted her and said, “No, I don’t, she’s coming RIGHT NOW!”. The nurse freaked out, pushed the “staff emergency” button to get a Dr in the room, then ran to the bed and caught Evelyn as she made her appearance into the world at 1:30pm exactly. 3 hours after I arrived at the hospital, and a mere 2 minutes after my water broke. :) She was 7lbs 2oz, and 20.5″ long with a full head of dark hair (that is now turning reddish, then blonde – just like Lily’s did!).


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

Overall, I think we’ve all been doing a pretty good job adjusting to having a baby in the house again! Evelyn has been a good baby – eats well, sleeps well, and doesn’t cry much without a (fairly) obvious reason. Lily is definitely jealous of the amount of time and attention that Evelyn gets, so she has been a bit defiant and pushing her boundaries, but nothing more than what was expected. These last 2 months have been SO busy! We’ve packed so many visits and activities into this time I sometimes wonder how I ever had time to work in the first place! Now, summer is already winding down (BOO!), Lily starts her new school on the 27th, and I’ll be going back to work the day after labor day. As much as I like my job, I have REALLY enjoyed being home with my girls and I know it will be hard for me to get back into the regular routine! :(


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

It amazes me how quickly the time has gone these last few months, and I keep trying to remind myself to cherish each and every day with my family, and each and every stage my girls go through. Evelyn has already changed so much in these short months.. I thought she looked so much like Jason when she was first born, but every single day I see more and more of a resemblance to Lily at her age, and Lily looks a LOT like me! At 1 month old, Evelyn was still pretty skinny (7 lbs 7 oz), but she really started to chunk up during this past month and has just finally hit the 10 lb mark! I should have her official stats on Friday after her 2 month check-up. :)

Just for comparison, check out Lily’s “Dorothy pout” from her 3-month pictures:


And compare that to Evelyn’s pout just the other day!

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I feel guilty that I haven’t taken the time to blog much, or even to take many ACTUAL photos of Evelyn while she was so small, but I keep telling myself there’s no time like the present! Two weeks ago, I finally took the time to take some actual photos of Evelyn (with my REAL camera, not my phone!), and you can see most of those pics by clicking on one of her 6-week photos posted here. I will try not to go so long between blog entries again!


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

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From 20111221

New year, new post, new… BABY?!? Yep! Lily is going to be a big sister this June! We are so very excited! Lily has not been shy about letting us know that she would really, strongly prefer a baby SISTER, but neither Jason or I has any preference at all. Probably a good thing, because this baby is trying our patience at finding out if they are a HE or a SHE, just like big sister Lily did! At our 20 week Ultrasound, baby rolled into a ball, pulled its knees into its chest, AND crossed its ankles for good measure. The position of the baby did also prevent the U/S tech from getting all the measurements she needed, so we will be getting a 2nd chance and hoping little peanut decides to cooperate for us this time!

When we tried to explain to Lily why we didn’t know yet if she was having a baby brother or baby sister, we told her how the machine they used to take pictures of the baby in Mommy’s tummy couldn’t get any pictures that showed us if it was a baby girl or baby boy. She simply asked, ‘Well, why can’t they just look and see if the baby has hair or not?!?”. heheh


From 20111213

We had quite a whirlwind ending to 2011, and beginning to 2012 so far as well. First of all I HAVE to mention this absolutely incredible, GORGEOUS winter weather we’ve had this year! I can’t believe that we started JANUARY with no snow on the ground.. and the number of 40-degree days is completely surreal… and FANTASTIC! :) December was an amazing month, too, but it was hard to focus on the weather when there was so much celebrating to do! The month (as always) starts off with a countdown to Lily’s Birthday.


From 20111213

Lily’s birthday this year was just absolutely great! It’s so fun to watch how much MORE excited she gets every year, and how much more she understands about… everything, really! She told us MONTHS in advance that she wanted a birthday party at Skyzone Trampoline Park, and she never really wavered from that. First, however, she did go to school that day where she got to wear a special birthday crown, and be the teacher’s special helper for the day, hand out party favors (bubbles) to her entire class, AND have everyone sing Happy Birthday to her. I think it was the perfect start to the day and got her in the mood to be celebrated! After school, Jason and I picked her up and took her out to a special birthday lunch. Once lunch was finished, we split up and Jason kept running errands while I took Lily on an afternoon of beauty! She just LOVES pretty much anything girlly, so I thought it would be a special treat for us to go to a nail salon and get our nails done together for the very first time.. and I was right! She loved it! After the nail salon, we went next door to the hair salon where Lily got her waist-length hair chopped to just below her shoulders (about 7 inches cut!), and put in 2 neat little braids on the side of her head. She was SUCH a good girl, and seemed so grown up having conversations with the adults in these places. I was very proud of her!

After we were as beautiful as we were going to get, time for the big PARTY to begin! My family met us at Skyzone, and we got Lily, Claire, and Abby (and Jason ;) ) ready to start jumping! It ended up being so nice because her Birthday fell on a Tuesday, and Skyzone opened later in the afternoon, so we ended up getting there within an hour of opening. We had the entire place completely to OURSELVES for probably the first 20-30 minutes, anyway! Perfect! Once Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan arrived, they decided it looked like too much fun to sit on the sidelines, so they joined in the jumping, too!


From 20111213

After an hour (when everyone had preemptively burned off their birthday cake), we all left SKyzone and met up at Red Robin burger joint in Plymouth. We all had a nice dinner, shared a delicious “Little Mermaid” cake, and watched Lily open about a billion presents. She was very gracious, and even offered to let her cousins each open one of her presents so they didn’t feel left out. SHe thanked everyone as soon as she opened their present, and almost ALWAYS had the joyful reaction of “This is JUST what I always wanted!!!!”. :)


From 20111221

Very shortly after her birthday came a whirlwind of parties – from a Teddy Bear picnic at her school, to a “mini-recital” holiday party in her dance class. Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie Lisa, and CLaire and Abby were all able to join us in Lily’s dance class for her Holiday party, and it was a fun night! We got to watch Lily (and her class) do some warm-up “circle time” exercises, and perform one ballet and one tap dance for the audience (us!). Lily did a great job, but she did often get distracted by waving to us, smiling at us, or posing for us – that she would forget she was supposed to be DANCING! It will be interesting to see how her recital goes this spring! I will say she definitely does seem to take after me in NEVER remembering what steps come next, so she’s always following someone else and a good half-step or more behind. heheh Oops!


From 20111225 Christmas

Finally, we got to Christmas! The day before Christmas Eve we traveled down to Lanesboro to visit Grandma Gayle, Grandpa Jim, and Uncle Shawn’s family. Things were a little bit different this year as Grandma Gayle still had to work (bartending at the American Legion), but it ended up working out REALLY well! There is a party/banquet space in the Legion that can be rented out for private parties, etc, so we had the use of that area for the night. We had our own little dance floor area, kitchen, tables, bar, and a huge TV (that we hooked a Wii up to). Gayle set up a large feast in the kitchen area, and frequently came upstairs to visit with all of us, eat with us, etc. Jason used the opportunity behind the bar to mix Lily her very first drink! (Just a kiddie cocktail/shirley temple – don’t worry! ;) It was her first time having pop, though.)


From 20111225 Christmas

Unfortunately, Lily did start to get a bad cold overnight that night, and that seemed to be the beginning of our never-ending string of illnesses throughout the month of January. However, it didn’t seem to bother her much at the time, and she got to wake up on Christmas Eve morning to see/pet/ride PONIES! How much more could a little girl ask for?? She’s really getting pretty good at riding the pony, too! This last trip she was able to make the pony stop, and make her go, all by herself! She’s learning how to use her legs and her voice to give them commands, and “steer” the reigns to show them where to go. After spending the morning at the farm, we had to leave around lunch time to head back to my parents house for Christmas celebration #2!


From 20111225 Christmas

We spent Christmas Eve evening at my parents house, watching 3 little girls tear through an incredible MOUNTAIN of presents! They were all so into it this year, and had so much fun that it was just worth it being able to watch their complete, uninhibited joy. I was very impressed at how well they were being patient and taking turns opening presents, too! We managed to get Lily (and Mommy!) home before they completely passed out, then woke up the next morning to see that Santa had come and brought even MORE presents! We opened those at home with just our small family, then later in the day we went back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and ended the celebration with extended family at my Aunt’s house. What a nice, relaxing finish to such a crazy, busy Holiday!


From 20111225 Christmas

Since the Holidays we have had a number of random illnesses (colds, stomach bugs, etc) that just seem to always be present this time of year. It seems as if the days just fly by, getting back into our routines, recovering from being sick, etc, and before you know it – January is already over! I apologize for being so late with this update, and for having absolutely NO pictures from January at all – other than the Ultrasound! Now that our routine is fairly well established again, I’m hoping to get back into my once (or maybe twice?) a month posting routine as well, so there isn’t so much to cover when I finally get to post! I hope the Holidays treated all of you very well, and that 2012 is going to be our best year yet! I can’t wait to see all the exciting things that are yet to come! :)

School Days

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From 110908 first day of preschool

Once again, Fall is here before we know it. Boo! This fall is more exciting than most years, however as Lily has started her very first year of preschool!! She goes two mornings a week (T/Th) from 9-11:30, and so far she’s loving it! She has 2 teachers (Miss Ashley and Miss Zeenath) and a teacher’s aide (Miss Lori) in the class, and they all seem very nice. After the very first full day of school I was told that the teachers seem quite enamored with Lily already.. understandable, right? ;)


From 110908 first day of preschool

Ever since we told Lily she was going to be going to preschool a few months ago, she has been nothing but excited about it. She was sad on Labor Day that the school was closed because she told me she wanted to go to school MORE than she wanted to be at home or at Jenny’s house (daycare). She wanted to know why Jason and I had to come with her on the welcome day because she wanted to go all by herself! Needless to say, it caught me by complete surprise when she told me the night before she was supposed to go by herself by the first time that she was SCARED! She was so scared that she couldn’t fall asleep. She ended up coming into my room around 10:30 and crawling into bed with me where she finally was able to get some sleep, but it just broke my heart! She had been acting so excited that I never even thought she would be feeling scared or apprehensive at all. It’s amazing the things that they find intimidating at this age, too.. things I wouldn’t even think about anymore. For example, Lily said she was scared because the school has lots of doors and she’s afraid she wouldn’t know where to go. Luckily the day went VERY well and I think she’s back to just being excited! :)


From 110817

About a month ago my sister had plans with some friends, and her husband was going to be out of town, so Jason and I agreed to host a sleepover and watch Claire and Abby overnight. It’s the first time I’ve really spent any extended amount of time with my nieces without Lisa around, and I admit that I was a bit nervous about keeping 3 three-year-olds entertained and out of trouble, but things went much better than I expected. The girls were excited to see each other, and Claire and Abby had been begging to come play at Lily’s house for months, so they were so excited about all the “new” toys that entertainment wasn’t an issue at all. All 3 girls were fairly tired, so they even fell asleep relatively quickly. Lily put on her bossy hat a little bit, and the next day told me that she would like to change the world so that when it’s night time, SHE Is in charge. I have a feeling she was referring to being in charge of her cousins in this case!


From 110820

If you click the link for the album above, you’ll see a number of action shots the girls did for me as I was testing out my new birthday present – a nice flash for my camera! :)


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Other than that fun and excitement, we did manage to make it out to the Renaissance Festival again this year! We met up with Uncle Greggy, and spent a good 6 hours or so walking around and checking everything out. Lily just LOVES that place! We may have to try to go once more before they close for the year. She rode a bunch of rides this year, made a magic wand, got her face painted, pet a large tortoise, rode a horse, and made a friend. :) It was so cute how quickly she bonded with this little girl standing in line for one of the rides.. they laughed and played together in line, and even stood there holding hands for a long time. It was so much fun to watch! I was somewhat surprised when I found out her little friend was 6 years old, however! I would have guessed she was only a year or so older than Lily.


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The rest of the month was mainly just spent hanging out together as a family, which has been great! Lily bought a small set of nail polish with her own money, and has had a great time giving herself (and me!) manicures. She’s actually not bad at it! We’ve gone to more parks than I can remember, met our friends The Beaverson’s and my friend Michelle at the Splash Pad, helped my sister with a yard sale, celebrated birthdays, and much, much more. I’ve managed to record a number of “Lilyisms” this month, which I’ll list at the end of this post, but first I thought you’d enjoy this video of what Lily learned from hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa this summer. Enjoy!

Lilyisms:

Lily: “can I PLEASE have a compass?”
Daddy: “why do you need a compass?”
Lily: “because I’m on the MOON!”

“I’m not tired, I’m just yawning because my mouth is still waking up.”

“I love Earth. If we didn’t live on Earth, I would be very sad.”

Lily put on Jason’s shoe and said, “Hi, I’m Daddy. Can I please have a whiskey sour?”

Lily took a handful of potatoes at dinner, and lifted them up to eye level like she was inspecting them. Then she looked at me and asked, “Is it a good year for potatoes?”.

Lily was singing “hush little baby”, but forgetting what happens when the mockingbird won’t sing. Daddy kept filling in alternate endings (“behind the barn, its neck I will wring”), to which Lily just pointed at him and said, “Daddy.. you’re fired.”

Lily told us she was going to have 2 babies.. a boy and a girl. And she gets to be the Mommy, I get to be the Grandma, and Jason gets to be the “Daddy-Grandpa”. Apparently that’s what he’s called because, according to her, she “hasn’t picked a Daddy yet.”

“I don’t want to clean up, but I will anyway. Wow, I think that’s the first time I’ve listened!”

THREE. YEARS. OLD!

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The month months of December and January sure does do fly by, doesn’t it don’t they? Especially when you’re busy celebrating something almost constantly throughout the months! ;)


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Lily’s Birthday went REALLY well, and I think she had a great time! It was so much fun watching her this year for both her birthday and Christmas and she really finally UNDERSTOOD that it was a special day, and got really into her presents.. it makes it so much fun to give them! That’s probably why I went WAY overboard on presents this year.. oops! I took a few hours vacation on the morning of Lily’s birthday (Monday the 13th) so I could spend the morning with her and make her a special breakfast, etc. We let her open one of her presents right away in the morning, too (a doll with lots of accessories), which she LOVED and I think it really helped cement that it was her birthday.. right THEN! That didn’t stop her from asking 983947738748374298398948394 times during the day, “why did you give me a doll today??”.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

So, I made her a special breakfast that she hardly ate because she was too excited, then we got her ready and brought her to daycare. I brought (homemade!!) cupcakes for all the kids so they could have a little celebration there as well, and Lily got to bring her new doll to show off to the other kids. I think she really enjoyed being the center of attention for the day! Jen said the kids loved the cupcakes, but it made them all completely wild, so maybe next year I’ll try a “healthier” (less sugar!) recipe.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Once we were done with work, and picked Lily up from daycare, we took her right over to Chuck E. Cheese in Maple Grove. Since it was a Monday night, and we’d just had a big snow storm over the weekend, the place was nearly EMPTY, which ended up being perfect. :) We met Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Claire, Abby, and Uncle Greg there. We set up in this room off to the side that had enough room for all of us AND some of the smaller (toddler-ish) rides right in the room so the girls could play there without help. Then we ordered some pizzas, and let the kids loose on the main play area. They loved it! Lily had never been to CEC, and I hadn’t been in YEARS so I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I remember what the games were like but I knew we’d find something to do! All the girls really impressed me by being willing to try any kind of game, even if it was meant for older kids and a little “scarier” for them. It was hard to pull them away from the games to come and eat, but after dinner, cake (again – homemade!! and quite and experiment, too), and presents we let them go play for another few hours.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Lily got a new bike, FP Little People Fairy Treehouse set, a new outfit, Vtech VReader (and 2 books for it), and a “learn through music” toy with 3 different cartridges. She loves everything, and plays with them constantly. The Birthday was a hit!! And now my little girl is getting SO big! Someone told me she’s now considered a pre-schooler instead of a toddler (or “tobbler” as Lily says), and for some reason that just came as a little shock to me! It’s amazing how quickly the time goes..


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10


Ok, so I promised my mother that I would write this story down, so here goes: Lily decided this year that she wanted ME to make her birthday cake, and she wanted both chocolate AND strawberry involved somehow. I don’t know why she thinks I can make anything even as good as Cub Bakery, but since it’s what she wanted I decided to give it a try. I had no idea what kind of recipe I was needed, so I started to make up my own. I envisioned a double-round cake with strawberry frosting and sliced strawberries in the middle, the whole thing frosted in chocolate with a few sliced strawberries on top for decoration. HA! I should know myself better than that! First of all, I could not find strawberry frosting.. plenty of PINK frosting, but it was all pink vanilla. Then, I had a hard time finding (and affording!) fresh strawberries in December. I considered frozen but didn’t think I could make that work well, so I ended up getting strawberry preserves and a little bit of pink vanilla frosting for the middle, and skipped the decorative touches all together.


From Christmas 2010

So, the night before her birthday I’m making the cakes. I had 2 pans of that “golden butter” type cake in the oven, and I went to check on them so I pulled one out and checked it with a toothpick and it wasn’t quite done. I was putting it back in the oven and I don’t know what happened but I dropped it, it slid down the door to the bottom of the oven where pretty much half of it flew out of the pan and onto the bottom of the oven. So then I’m trying to clean it up off the bottom of the oven (which we had just cleaned the day before because we kept setting off the smoke detectors) and the smoke detectors go off again (of course!). I get it all cleaned up somehow, then tried to figure out what to do now.. Luckily, I had bought a 2nd box of cake mix to make the cupcakes for Lily’s daycare, so I decided to split that box and make half the amount of cupcakes, and use the rest to make a new round cake… so that’s what I did! It actually worked out well, as I didn’t realize a box of cake mix makes 24 cupcakes! Holy cow, that’s a lot! So, my final masterpiece ended up being a half “golden butter”, half “yellow” cake with strawberry preserves and vanilla frosting in between them, then frosted in chocolate frosting. Amazingly, it wasn’t too bad.. but I’m going to hope that Lily doesn’t repeat her request next year!! :)


From Christmas 2010

About a week after her birthday, we had her 3-year-checkup. She did a GREAT job, and I was really proud of her! The Dr said she’s very healthy, and is growing perfectly. Lily wrote her name on the chalkboard in the Dr’s office, and the doctor said, “well, that’s pretty much what they learn in preschool, so she’s ahead of the curve!”. Then she had a nurse give Lily her first hearing and eye screenings, which were really interesting to watch. I don’t know if it was just the fact that I was so unnecessary, or just the fact that I was really watching my child interact with an adult ON HER OWN, and showing how she can listen and follow directions with NO assistance from me, but it was a memorable experience. I was a big sap (of course) and almost cried watching how grown up she was, and because I was so proud of her. Yeah, I’m a dork like that. Anyway, she did FANTASTIC with both tests and passed both with flying colors. The nurse was impressed as well since Lily knew what all the shapes on the vision chart were, except she didn’t know the word for “flag”. (she called it “stars” because of the stars on it.) The first time she did that, the nurse corrected her (“that’s a flag”) and Lily correctly identified it as a flag throughout the rest of the test.


From Christmas 2010

Skipping ahead a bit.. we took Lily to see Santa this year for the FIRST time. To commemorate the special occasion, we even went to the “realistic” Santa at Ridgedale and waited in line for TWO HOURS to see him. Lily was really well behaved, and did a GREAT job! She was so excited to see Santa. When it was her turn, she ran right up to him and sat on his lap, smiled (a REAL smile!) for the camera, and told him she wanted a talking tinkerbell kitchen and a doll for the bath. She gave him a hug, then came back to us, then turned and RAN back to Santa to give him a great big hug and say, “Thank you, Santa!”. Santa hugged her back and looked up at us and said, “Nobody ever says thank you…” It was SO cute!


From Christmas 2010

Christmas went well (and quickly!) with about a bazillion presents for Lily this year. Did I mention that I went overboard?? Well so did most of my family, apparently! We need a bigger house for all the stuff Lily got over the course of her birthday and Christmas this year! ;) We spent Christmas Eve at my parents house, then had a nice relaxing Christmas morning at home before heading down to “Grandma Gayle’s and Grandma Jim’s” farm for Christmas Day. It was fun to see both sides of the family, and Lily even got to “ride” a horse the day after Christmas! (The horse was just walked around in circles by the barn, but she loved it anyway!)


From Christmas 2010

New Years Eve was spent at The Lamberts, and even Claire, Abby, and Lily were still awake at midnight to see the start of 2011! We had a good time, stayed up REALLY late, and all spent the night there, which was a fun way to start the year! January brought a lot of random busy-ness (birthday parties galore, final Christmas celebrations, etc), and ended with a PRINCESS PARTY BLOWOUT for all 3 girls (Lily, Claire, and Abby) turning 3. I’ll write more about that next time! (oooh, cliffhanger! ;) ) Let’s hope February goes quickly, and BRING ON SPRING!! :)


From Christmas 2010 pictures – take 2

P.S. Extra bonus for us being so late! Here are links to the “outtakes” of our Christmas photo sessions with the girls! Also included are Christmas card pics of the Lambert Family. :)

There went January..

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From 2010-01 Big girl Bed and joint Bday Party

Well, we had even MORE birthday celebrations this month, beginning with a joint birthday party for Lily (2), Claire (2), Abby (2), and Uncle Greg (30) on January 10th. It was mostly family at the party and we had a great time! Hopefully I can teach Lily that birthdays don’t TYPICALLY last well over a month! The following weekend we had a surprise party for Uncle Greggy for his 30th birthday. It went well, and we pulled off the surprise after a number of close calls! I think Greggy had a good time, and that’s the most important part.


From 2010-01 Big girl Bed and joint Bday Party

Finally, the tale end of the “big girl bed saga”. If you remember from last post, Lily learned to climb out of her crib so we converted it to a toddler bed. In doing so, we found out that her crib had been recalled and needed to be “destroyed” (we had to send in all screws and support plates as proof we weren’t using it). After much debate, we decided to use the crib as the “full-size headboard and footboard” and just buy her a full size box spring, mattress, and rails. We went out and did that the very next weekend, and ended up having to rent a truck to pick up the mattress, drop them off at home, and return the truck (mostly to avoid the $90 delivery fee). We also went all the way down to IKEA to get bed slats only to find out the rails we bought were “slatless rails” so we didn’t need them and need to go return them to IKEA. After all that running, Jason put together the new bed and we realized the bed was SUPER high off the ground. Lily couldn’t even climb up on it with the little steps we put near the bed and I was really afraid of her falling off the bed from that height since she had been falling out of bed pretty frequently since the conversion. Jason and I discussed our options, and finally decided to disassemble the bed, disassemble our guest bed upstairs, and swap the frames. So the guest bed frame is in Lily’s room now with her NEW mattress and box spring, and the guest room has Lily’s bed frame with its original box spring and mattress. PHEW! Way too much drama for a “simple” change! The good news is that the transition is going very well. She sleeps really well in the bed, doesn’t flip around as much as she did in her crib (even keeps her blankets on some nights!) and hasn’t fallen out of bed once. :) She loves the new bed so much that we must do EVERYTHING in bed – change her diaper, read her books, play with dolls or games – everything. I’m sure the novelty may wear off at some point!


From 2010-01 Big girl Bed and joint Bday Party

Now that the big girl bed transition is done, I think our next big milestone is going to be getting rid of the “binky”. It’s starting to drive me crazy! We’ve been really good for quite some time at restricting the binky to sleeping times – naps and bed time – but lately Lily is going in reverse and wants the binky 24/7. I’m sick of trying to find them, and listening to the whine when I tell her binky is only for sleeping! So, I think we’re going to give that a try in the next few weeks – wish us luck!


From 2010-Jan Binkies

Let’s see – on Thursday the 21st I got a call at work from daycare saying Lily had hurt herself. Apparently she was jumping on the couch at daycare and Jen yelled at her to get off the couch and Lily didn’t listen. Jen was walking over to pull Lily down and Lily decided to JUMP OFF THE COUCH and hit the side of her face near her eye on the coffee table. I took her in to Urgent Care and the Doctor was very kind, told me we could do a stitch or two because the cup was somewhat deep, but after talking about the pros and cons I decided against the stitches. Her eye swelled up pretty nice the next day (about half-way shut) and she had a nice black eye but I was really impressed at how quickly it healed. Unfortunately, the “jumping” lesson was NOT learned as she continues to jump on the couch and on the bed and is way too acrobatic and daring for my comfort!

Right after injury:


From 2010 Jan – black eye
From 2010 Jan – black eye

Next Day:


From 2010 Jan – black eye
From 2010 Jan – black eye
From 2010 Jan – black eye

Day 3:


From 2010 Jan – black eye

Finally, last weekend we took Lily out to her first movie! We went to the Cinema Grill where Lily got in free and Jason and I were only $2.50, and saw “The Princess and the Frog”. It was actually a great way to try out going to a movie because it was cheap so we weren’t wasting much if we needed to walk out and leave, plus she was somewhat distracted by food, and we sat on a bench in the back so she had more room to move around. She did REALLY good the whole time – at first she was so amazed she was just STARING at the screen with her mouth hanging open. It was so much fun to watch! She was perfectly well-behaved through the whole movie until about half an hour before the end when she stood up and announced to the theater “I’m ALL DONE with this movie!”. heheheh


From 2010 Jan – surprise party

Random updates – Lily has been getting argumentative over every little thing lately. For instance, reading one of her books that mentions a cow eating grass and she tells me “No, Mommy. A cow does NOT eat GRASS.” And I’ll say “I think he does, honey” and she says “I think he does NOT.” (Then she went on to say a cow eats fruit snacks – HA!) She also loves her new bed, which I mentioned above, and she is still doing amazingly well with her verbal skills and word recognition. She knows all of her letters and what sound they make, and she’s starting to recognize some words when written down (Lily, hat, water to name a few). She LOVES pointing out letters on ANYTHING anywhere we go and always wants to know “what is that spell?” when she reads them aloud to us. Lily loves to call some of her scribbles certain letters, and Jen said she’s going to start working with her on writing her name. I just can’t believe how big she’s getting! It happens so fast. I saw a 6-week old baby today and can hardly remember Lily being that small already, and sometimes can’t believe she’s not STILL that small – how does the time go so fast? Hope things are well with you all and I’ll try and update again sooner rather than later!

TWO. YEARS. OLD!

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From 2009-12-13

It’s so hard to believe – my baby is two years old already! It just amazes me that two years has flown by, yet I can’t remember living life without her in it. I am so grateful for the chance to be her Mommy, and Jason and I can honestly say we have never laughed as much in our life as we do now that she’s part of our every day.


From 2009-12-13

Lily had a great day! She woke up a bit too early from a coughing fit, but became so instantly enamored with the Christmas Tree we had decorated after she went to sleep the night before that she forgot all about the rough start to the morning! We brought one of her birthday presents into the living room overnight so she could open it right away in the morning. She kept staring at it as if it couldn’t be real, and Jason and I kept encouraging her to rip the paper off and open it already. Finally, she tore it a little bit, then came running over to me and said “Mommy, fix it!”. Once she finally got the idea that she COULD rip the paper off and wasn’t going to get in trouble, she did a great job opening the easel and played with it off and on all morning!


From 2009-12-13

After all of that excitement, Daddy and Lily played with the Easel in the living room and watched “Word World” (Lily’s favorite show) while I made her a very special breakfast. She didn’t end up EATING much of the special breakfast, however, because she filled herself up on the drinkable yo-baby yogurt we gave her (or as she calls it – “spoonie” (smoothie)). We played with her most of the morning, and gave her a super-fun bath where she got to pour water all over Mommy! Mommy then made her a special lunch of Mac-and-Cheese, but by this point she was getting pretty tired and cranky. We finished lunch and brought her over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to nap so we could put some decorations up (at their house) while she was sleeping. Of course the flaw in that plan is that whenever we NEED her to nap, she won’t. This was no exception! I left her in the room for about an hour, trying to get her to sleep, and we were able to get everything we needed to get done during that time.


From 2009-12-13

We ended up having my whole family, and Jason’s brother, his wife, and their kids all at my parents house for cake and presents and it was total chaos! Lily forgot all about her earlier reservations in ripping off the wrapping paper and went to town opening all of her presents. She got a LOT of nice stuff, and was totally spoiled! She would sometimes hardly look at one present before wanting to rip open the next one. :) She got two Word World DVDs, Tinkerbell DVD, a sled, the “Tag Jr.” reading system by Leap Frog, a puzzle, a kid-tough digital camera, a rocking chair, a book and gift certificate to Half-Price Books, and a toy kitchen! The Toy kitchen was a huge hit, and instantly had all 5 girls (age 4 and under) swarming it and fighting over the pieces. They continued to play with it throughout the afternoon, and I think it’s going to be one of her favorite new toys at our house – as soon as I find a place to put it!


From 2009-12-13

Finally, we got to Lily’s favorite part – the part she had been talking about ALL DAY. The cake, of course! We got her a Yellow Butter cake with Strawberry Cream filling from The Cake Box (the same place that did our wedding cakes!) and it was delicious! Lily ate an ENTIRE piece of cake AND strawberry ice cream! After the sugar high wore off, she crashed HARD on the way home and slept through us carrying her in, and even laying her down on the couch. Poor, wiped out little birthday girl!

Anyway, all in all it was a great day and I can’t believe it’s mid-December already, and that it’s been two years since she was born! Sorry if this post seems broken-up and hard to follow – it took me two days and 4 separate starts to write the whole thing! If I don’t post again before then, have a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) everyone!


From 2009-12-13